On the Air

I’ve recently discovered that Jean Straker, along with the photographers Walter Bird and Jack Eston, took part in a discussion on Pin-ups and Figure Studies broadcast by the BBC on Network Three on May 22, 1958. On the show Jean defines a pin-up as “a picture of a girl in which the girl represents herself. It may be provocative; it need not be provocative; but it is essentially a picture of a person that we either know personally, or by name”. A figure study as “a photograph of a girl who simply symbolises woman; she is impersonal. It is not a photograph representing her as herself.” And a nude as “a picture in which the girl symbolises an idea or represents some historical or mythological figure: that is, she represents somebody other than herself.” I wonder how Jean Straker would classify the following pictures of his.

Nude, Pin-up, 1950s

Photo by Jean Straker (1913-1984)

Nude, Pin-up, 1960s

This photo by Jean Straker reminds me of the work of Weegee.

Jean Straker Ad.

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